Are BJP, BSP coming together to form an alliance in UP?

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Lucknow, Feb 14: Lately, rumour mills are abuzz that the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party will join hands as post-election partners to form the next government in Uttar Pradesh.

Many reports indicate that BJP president Amit Shah has gone 'soft' in his attack against BSP supremo Mayawati. Insiders say that if the BJP fall short of few seats to form the government in UP, then it might form an alliance with the BSP.


However, on Tuesday BSP chief Mayawati has denied joining hands with any political party to form the government in the state. In fact, Mayawati said the BJP was spreading rumour regarding the alliance.

"The BJP is spreading rumours through social media that the party and the BSP are going to form the government together," BSP chief Mayawati said at a rally in Kanpur.
"We are ready to sit in the opposition, but will not form government with the help of the BJP," said the Dalit leader.

The BSP party leaders say that they also have no plans to join hands with the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance to form the next government in the state.
"No question to go with the SP-Congress alliance too," added Mayawati.

The UP assembly elections 2017 is an elaborate affair. The polling in the state started on February 11. The state will go to elections in seven phases. The remaining six polling dates are February 15, February 19, February 23, February 27, March 4 and March 8. The counting of votes in the state Vidhan Sabha, consisting of 403 assembly seats, will take place on March 11.

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